*This devotional was originally written by me in May 2012, but it’s a good reminder. I hope it blesses you!
Sunday, I took my kids to Richmond, VA, to spend the day with my mom on Mother’s Day. It was a last-minute decision, so by the time I joined my family at church, the Bishop was wrapping up. Once service was over, I made my way to the altar to say hello to him.
We talked back and forth, I introduced him to my son, and before too long, my father had joined us in our chat.
My father went on to tell the Bishop about my new job and how proud he was of me. The Bishop was proud, too, and he congratulated me. He then said something that I’ve thought about frequently since.
He looked at me and said, “Look, this is a great opportunity for you. But God has you here for your husband. Your husband is going to be able to go anywhere he wants to in the federal government through you. So your connections, your work. God’s going to use you to bless your husband. And he put you there to tell the truth. Always tell the truth.”
Hearing the Bishop prophesy about my husband’s future brought tears to my eyes. I don’t know how much I’ve told you all about my husband, but he’s a phenomenal man. He works full-time as a police officer, takes our oldest child to school, works out, takes care of both babies throughout the day, drops and picks me up from work, cooks dinner most nights, cleans everything, and on top of that is a full-time student. He is selfless, intelligent, thoughtful and far greater of a husband than I ever imagined I’d have.
So, given all of that, you can understand why a prophesy of blessings for my hard-working husband would cause such a reaction in me.
But you know, the more I thought about the entire exchange, the more I realized the greater message in what Bishop said. It’s this: the idea that even though we’re most often consumed with our plans, our goals, and what God has for us, the truth is that sometimes our placement, our promotion is so God can use us to be a blessing to someone else.
I know, I know. It may not be a revolutionary, life-changing epiphany to you. But I feel strongly today, right now, that someone reading this is wondering why God has them where they are.
Perhaps you can’t figure out why you’re stalled, why your promotion hasn’t come, or this season hasn’t ended. Maybe you feel like for some reason God isn’t answering your prayers to move on, to do something different, to go somewhere new.
Well, let me encourage you: perhaps, just perhaps, it ain’t about you!
Not what you were expecting, I’m sure, but I do mean this to be an encouragement. Maybe all the hell you’re going through on your job isn’t because you’re being punished, but because God is teaching someone else a lesson, growing them, testing them, stretching them.
Maybe you’ve been single so long not because God intends for you to spend your life alone, but because he’s preparing your wife or husband, maturing them, blessing them, grooming them.
Maybe your resumes are going unanswered not because you don’t qualify, but because that job is for someone else who’s had it worse, for longer, and for whom this is their break.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s ain’t about you!
And to be honest, it ain’t always going to be supernatural. Case and point: maybe that flat tire that you had on the way to work kept someone else from getting into a life-altering accident.
Maybe the phone call, text, FB post, tweet, or email that you never got kept a door closed that would have brought you nothing but heartache.
Or maybe the phone call, text, FB post, tweet, or email that YOU SENT was never responded to to stop you from introducing drama to someone else’s life.
You know, as I thought about this devotional, the Lord brought to my remembrance something that my friend and mentor at Zion Church, Min. Katana, has said more than once in our small groups. And it’s this, “Sure, God doesn’t need us for His will to be done, but often He works through people. And He can’t work if you don’t let Him.” Now, I paraphrased that, but what I want you to get is this: you can’t be open to God’s leading and His desire to use you if you’re fixated on what you think you’re going through.
I mean, that’s just logical: how can you hear God’s voice over your own “woe is me”, pity party?
Look, my prayer for you today is that your thinking will be changed. That you and I both will move from me-centric thinking to He- capital H – He-centric thinking, being always aware of God being at work.
And if you can’t remember that, if you find yourself so frustrated, sad, disappointed, confused, or dejected because of your circumstances, then prayerfully you’ll remember this, John 15:16, that says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in name.”
Wondering why you haven’t gotten what you seek? Wondering why you haven’t been released from this job, this relationship, this assignment, this place or this season?
I guarantee you that if you begin to ask God how you can be of service to Him where you are, ask Him why He’s placed you where you are, appointed you to do what you’re doing, seek Him and ask those questions and you’ll be well on your way to seeing the Lord open the path to your next appointment.